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May 26, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(21):1348. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460210054013

The San Francisco Board of Health started out right when the bubonic plague first developed in that city, and courageously did its duty in spite of bitter opposition. But in the more recent developments it has certainly laid itself open to censure. Two weeks ago3 we noticed the discovery of another case of the plague in San Francisco's Chinese quarter, the account being sent to us by telegraph by our regular correspondent. Shortly after his telegram was received, another came in which we were requested not to publish the matter, as the merchants' association there desired it kept out of the papers. Developments show that the merchants succeeded and that while they kept a knowledge of the conditions out of the general newspapers—a report of the case appearing exclusively in The Journal—the disease spread. Secrecy in this instance meant half measures in fighting the disease, whereas the most